At least eight Uttar Pradesh Police personnel, together with a deputy superintendent of police, had been killed and seven others injured in an encounter with criminals in Kanpur, officers stated on Friday.
Congress common secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to condole the deaths.
“Eight policemen were martyred while they went to nab criminals. I pay my condolence to the family of the martyrs. In UP, law and order has become very bad and criminals have no fear. From common man to policemen, no one is safe,” she stated.
“The responsibility of law and order is with the chief minister. He should initiate strict action and there should be no laxity in it,” she added.
The Samjwadi Party stated Uttar Pradesh has change into “hatya pradesh” (homicide state).
” In ‘rogi sarkar’ ‘jungleraj’, UP has become ‘hatya pradesh’, where in Kanpur criminals patronised by those in power attacked policemen killing eight of them,” Samajwadi Party stated in a tweet.
While condoling the deaths, the SP has demanded an “immediate announcement of Rs 1 crore each for the martyred policemen’s family”.
It additionally demanded that the alleged “connection (of criminals) with those in power should be exposed”.
BSP Supremo Mayawati termed the incident as “shameful and unfortunate”, and added that “it is clear that the UP government needs to be more alert on law and order issue.”
“Those involved should not be spared by the government at any cost even if a special campaign is needed for that. The family of those who died should be given financial help and job should be given to one member of their family. This is demand of the BSP,” the previous Uttar Pradesh chief minister stated in a tweet.